January 20th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama invokes spirit of civil rights movement in inaugural speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, the nation's first African-American
chief executive, invoked the spirit of the civil rights movement during his
inaugural address, noting that, in previous generations, his own father might
have been denied service at a restaurant.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. walks with supporters during the 'March on Washington' in 1963. Afterward, King delivered the 'I Have a Dream' speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

"This is the meaning of (America's) liberty and our creed – why men and
women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across
this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago
might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to
take a most sacred oath," Obama said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Martrice Bellow

    I believe that it' imperative to remind us where we've been
    so we wont forget, and know what we can achieve and
    realize there is no limitiation's on what we can do. God
    bless America and, the Cheif Executive in charge of the
    United States of America the 44th president "Barack Obama".

    January 20, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Tricia Alberta Canada

    Today is history in the making.

    The world is watching the FIRST Black President. He won't be the last but he will always be first. I would love to have seen how Martin Luthern would have felt today. It's a proud day for everyone.

    Lets hope America can now rebuild relations with the rest of the world .........

    God Bless

    January 20, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. American45

    He is not the first president with black blood...there were others before him. It is just not discussed.

    January 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Obama is not my Hero!

    Yeah right! That speech was full of hate towards Bush!

    January 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. gene

    I want to know why the media is treating this like obama is a president for the black people. obama is part african american , the media talking about blacks overcoming is just fueling more hatred and making the white people feel like we do not matter. the way i see it he is not the first african american president, he is half white half black, this is not a victory for black people, i wish you people would tell it like it is

    January 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. richard

    Even Martin Luther King would not of voted for Obama.

    January 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |